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Rafael Furcal to spend a week at Double-A
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Marlins manager Mike Redmond said second baseman Rafael Furcal (hamstring) will spend about a week playing for Double-A Jacksonville on his rehab assignment.

"He'll play (Thursday)," Redmond said, per MLB.com. "I think the plan for him, as of right now, is to be [in Jacksonville] for a week."

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Neftali Feliz leaves Round Rock with soreness, fatigue
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Rangers are stating that right-handed reliever Neftali Feliz will return "soon" to Triple-A Round Rock despite general soreness and fatigue that have caused him to leave the team, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has reported.

Feliz pitched horribly in spring training to earn a ticket to the minors. He had been competing for the closer job.

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Shoulder issue keeps Matt Albers out Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Right-hander Matt Albers remained unavailable for the Astros on Wednesday with a shoulder ailment. He had been deemed questionable for the game.

The reliever is off to a flying start this season with just one earned run given up in 10 innings pitched.

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Carlos Marmol leaves Wednesday's game due to injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Marlins reliever Carlos Marmol had to leave his outing in the seventh inning Wednesday against the Braves because of a right hamstring strain. He is listed as day to day.

Marmol faced three batters before having to leave the game. He got Gerald Laird to ground out and Justin Upton to strike out before issuing a two-out walk to Jason Heyward. After the Heyward walk, Marmol was lifted from the game and replaced by Mike Dunn, who got Andrelton Simmons to strike out to end the inning.

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Report: Adrian Beltre sure to be back in lineup Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Third baseman Adrian Beltre is set to return to the Rangers on Friday against Seattle, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has reported.

The slugger has been on the disabled list with a quad strain. He has yet to homer in 28 at-bats this season.

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Shin-Soo Choo unsure of when he will return to lineup
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo said he was relieved by the good news after an MRI on his injured left ankle came back negative, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Choo said he's still taking a cautious approach and isn't sure when he will be back in the lineup.

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Angel Pagan sidelined due to sore knee
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said outfielder Angel Pagan was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday at Colorado because of a sore knee, per The San Jose Mercury News. However, it's not considered serious and Pagan will come in on the team's off-day Thursday for treatment.

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Erasmo Ramirez on brink of losing rotation spot
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Poor performances and the impending return of Hisashi Iwakuma could add up to the loss of a rotation spot for Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez.

Lloyd McClendon told MLB.com that he's "not sure what we'll do" in regard to Ramirez, who recovered from a horrible start Tuesday to pitch four shutout innings in a loss to Houston. He had given up 13 earned runs on 18 hits in 11 innings in his previous three starts combined.

The 24-year-old Ramirez owns a 1-3 record and 6.75 earned run average on the season.

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Matt Harrison to make return with Rangers on Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison is set to return to a big league mound for the first time since April 6, 2013. He will start Sunday in Seattle, the Dallas Morning News has reported. He has been out with a back injury that required two surgeries.

Harrison proved himself ready in his last rehab start Saturday with Double-A Frisco. He pitched eight shutout innings, using just 86 pitches in the process.

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Kevin Kouzmanoff sidelined Wednesday with back problem
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Opposing pitchers have not been able to cool off red-hot Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, but a back ailment has. He is out of the lineup Wednesday afternoon against Oakland after leaving the game Tuesday with the issue.

Kouzmanoff had at least two hits in five of his previous nine games.

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